When surgery is your best course of treatment for an injury, it’s important to find a physical therapist that can get you back to full function afterwards.
Post-Operative Physical Therapy in Kansas City
If you have suffered an injury that requires surgery, physical therapy is in your very near future. Whether it is a rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, or a joint replacement, the doctors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic are highly skilled in guiding you through a post-surgical treatment plan to give you the best results after surgery. Your physical therapist will work closely with your surgeon to make sure you are progressing through the surgical protocol and to communicate any problems that may arise along the way. Following any surgical intervention, physical therapy can help you regain your range of motion, normal tissue tension, and strength of the body part to leave you feeling better than before.
What It Treats
Post-operative physical therapy can help with a variety of surgeries, including but not limited to:
- Joint replacements (knee, hip, shoulder)
- Shoulder labral repairs
- Rotator cuff repairs
- Broken bone that require fixation including, wrists, arms, and ankles
- Hip labral repairs
- Gluteal tendon repairs
- ACL reconstructions (and other ligament repairs)
- Meniscus repairs and meniscectomies
- Quadriceps tendon repairs and patellar tendon repairs
- Medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction
- Lateral release
- Iliotibial band release
- Achilles tendon repairs
How Post-Operative Physical Therapy Works
Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for the area on which you just had surgery, as well as when they would like you to start physical therapy. Your start date of post-operative physical therapy in Kansas City is dependent upon your surgical procedure as well as how complicated your surgery may or may not have been. You may start physical therapy as soon as two days after your surgery; most patients typically attend post-operative physical therapy two to three times per week—for up to six months in some instances.
The beginning stages of your post-operative physical therapy will emphasize regaining normal range of motion in the joint slowly so as not to disrupt the newly repaired structures, as well as to reduce any soft tissue restrictions. One of the main goals in the first few visits is to reduce your pain to a manageable level. However, understand that with physical therapy there will be discomfort. The therapists at F.I.T. want you to have control of your treatment and will never push your pain to an intolerable level; we are a team, working together to achieve your goals! Once the repaired structures have had sufficient time to heal, we can begin strengthening the muscles and ultimately improving your overall function. This then leads into sports-specific rehab and training to make sure you are ready to return to any high level athletics without risking re-injury.
Post-Operative Physical Therapy at F.I.T.
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic is proud to provide post-operative physical therapy by highly trained therapists who excel in rehabilitating patients following surgical intervention. Many patients will begin physical therapy even before surgery in order to gain full range of motion and strength, which can make therapy after surgery easier. On your first visit, we will discuss what it is you are wanting to get back to, your individual goals, as well as your concerns. We will take measurements during our full assessment and set realistic expectations for your treatment plan.
Throughout your course of rehab, we will continually reassess your progress and adjust our interventions as necessary to make sure you continue to stay on track for your goals and timeline. During your rehab with F.I.T., we will be in communication with your doctor to discuss protocols, progression, or any concerns that may come up. We are here to fulfill all of your pre- and post-operative needs to get you back and better than before.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical post-operative period?
A typical post-operative time period varies from a few weeks to a few months depending on the surgery and the individual. We all heal differently, but we'll be with you from the beginning to the end.
Do you accept post-operative patients?
Yes, our physical therapists would be grateful for the opportunity to guide you through your post-operative rehab in Kansas City.
Can you come to me for post-operative treatment?
Unfortunately no, we cannot come to you. The necessary equipment to help produce lasting results are in our clinics and therefore our therapy sessions must occur there. We will equip you with exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home in between your post-operative physical therapy sessions in Kansas City.
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
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Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.